Re: Why Deux brothers have one the surname of mother the other of father? #poland #names


A similar situation occurred in my family.  A few years ago when we were in Poland, I received several birth certificates for my father's siblings.  The name on the birth certificates was Gryncajger which was my grandfather's surname.  But, when a cousin sent me my father's birth certificate, the name was Froimowicz which is the maiden name of my grandmother.  However, the person reporting the birth on the document was Menashe Gryncajger, her husband.  My father was born in 1926.  I think that the change was probably due to Poland receiving its independence from Russia in 1918 and the law concerning this was changed.  My grandparents probably only had a religious marriage and this was no longer enough for the authorities.  That is why my name is Froimowitz.  


Mark Froimowitz
Newton, MA

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